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A list of contests that accept or specialize in short screenplays, or any scripts that are less than feature-length.

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Screenplay Contests Found: 175

Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 11/30/2017

This season we're taking the Feature/Pilot winner to Park City during Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. Like those Table Read winners who have received Oscar Nominations, or have premiered their produced scripts at a major film festival like Cannes, Table Read My Screenplay will help to motivate your passion for writing through the film festival and showcase experience, put some cash in your pocket, give you the opportunity to confidently network with the title of “Grand Prize Winner,” and a support mechanism for layering a long-term career with an invitation to be a part of the elite ISA Development Program Slate.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 5 Comments

Limbo Script Awards

Final Deadline: 11/30/2017

LIMBO screenplay contest is now open for the second year! This year LIMBO will announce two winners. Submit your screenplay for a chance to win $500 cash and a chance to sell your screenplay to the producers. If your script is already in perfect shape, great! Submit it as is. We are looking for the best writer in the bunch. Enter the LIMBO Script Competition and come out a winner!

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Roadmap Writers & Route 1 Entertainment

Final Deadline: 12/06/2017

Roadmap Writers and Route One Entertainment are looking for the next great feature, pilot or short script, from un-produced screenwriters. Winning Script will be optioned by Route One Entertainment, put on their high profile development slate for production and, to further show commitment to the project, Route One will also have a proof of concept short produced.

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Faith in Film: International Family and Faith Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/14/2017

Mission: Faith in Film is dedicated to forging a screenwriting competition that will launch the careers of filmmakers focused on adding the element of faith to their films and facilitate established filmmakers in transitioning into making more faith films. Our aim is to build a festival that will introduce faith based films to mass audiences, ultimately, giving them the same multi platform release schedules and revenue streams that traditional studio films and high end independent films enjoy; and to inspire, showcase, support, and develop filmmakers of all faith’s to make great faith based films that leave others touched, moved and inspired; and filmmakers and distributors empowered to make and distribute more faith and family films.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

BOLT

Final Deadline: 12/15/2017

BOLT is an innovative new screenplay competition from the creators of Barnstorm Fest. The rules are simple: Pick a prompt. Write a 1-10 page screenplay based on the prompt. Then Barnstorm Media chooses the winner and makes your movie. You get to be the Executive Producer. Also, every submission receives feedback from the producers at Barnstorm Media.

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Destiny City Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/18/2017

The Destiny City Film Festival was founded in part because we want to show great movies. And we know that at the heart of every great movie is a great story – one that is destined to inspire and entertain. Screenplays are the foundation of every memorable film, and we are dedicated to supporting the writing community and the stories they create. Thus, we are thrilled to host Tacoma’s first short screenplay competition! We know that the Northwest film community is chock full of talented writers, thinkers, and artists.

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ScreenCraft $30,000 Film Fund

Final Deadline: 12/30/2017

Now accepting Features, Shorts, Pilots and Docs! Every 6 months, at least one filmmaker will be awarded this production grant of up to $30,000 in production funds. We announce the winner(s) 6 weeks after each final deadline. We are accepting applications from around the world (in English). Whether you have a simple screenplay or a film, pilot or documentary that’s already in production, we want to consider your short screenplay or in-production short film project.

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Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 01/12/2018

The Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition leverages one of the oldest and largest film festivals in the U.S. Each year, NaFF draws hundreds of filmmakers, musicians and industry to ten days of films, panels, red carpet events, live music showcases and parties. NaFF draws more film entries than almost every other film festival in the country, in part, because it is an Academy® Award Qualifying Festival in three short film categories.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

The Poe Contest

Final Deadline: 02/02/2018

The Poe Contest mission is to recognize and reward fresh voices and creative storytelling, and to assist writers in their quest to obtain representation and produce their work.

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Writers and Filmmakers

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018

Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. It’s that simple! We fund you to collaborate. The winning filmmaker wins up to $25,000 to shoot one of the top 10 scripts. Winning writer receives up to $10,000 for their short script! The writers review films and decide the best filmmaker. The filmmakers read scripts and decide the top 10 scripts.

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L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script Fest

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018

It's been hailed by L.A. Weekly as the festival with "THE WORLD'S SEXIEST DARKEST CRIME SHORT FILMS." Saturday, May 27th, Dave and Buster's hosts THE L.A. NEO NOIR, NOVEL, FILM, AND SCRIPT FEST V (LANNEFF). This festival is brought to you by Carey Westbrook and Associates, whose students include the Academy Award nominated producers of Blue Valentine, A Place Beyond The Pines, Men of Honor, and Soul Food.

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Grave Intentions Horror Anthology & Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018

One screenplay and up to ten short films will win $500 each! As filmmakers, we know that outside of the film festival circuit, most shorts will die a lonely death in the bowels of the interwebs. So to help amazing shorts get the audience they deserve, we’re creating "Grave Intentions: An Anthology of Chills, Thrills, and Kills." And your film could be a part of it! If your short would be at home on The Twilight Zone, Tales From the Crypt, The Outer Limits, or Creep Show, we want to see it.

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Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018

Fly to Los Angeles, attend the famed Robert Mckee Story Seminer, and have one-on-one meetings with Hollywood producers, managers, and entertainment attorneys. Laurels will be awarded to: 100 FINALISTS + 10 HONOREES + 1 FELLOW ...The INROADS SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP competition was created to locate, expose and nurture up-and-coming screenwriters who have yet to receive their invitation to the mainstream industry.

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Horror Hotel International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 03/01/2018

Recognition for bloody good scripts and writers.

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Women Who Write in Film

Final Deadline: 03/22/2018

We are Women Who Write and our goal is to be the world’s foremost screenwriting competition for women. We want to support female writers and producers of all shapes and sizes, but we don’t just want to support female writers. We want to be a springboard for your success. We want to forge a festival that will discover and recognize the best emerging female talent and the most original female voices from around the world.

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Diversity Film & Script Showcase

Final Deadline: 03/31/2018

The Diversity Film & Script Showcase recognizes and showcases screenplays with a PERSON OF COLOR REPRESENTED as one of the following: Lead Character OR Writer or Co-Writer. The competition recognizes and showcases feature screenplays, shorts, and television scripts, and provides opportunities for writers to showcase their projects to development executives, producers, agents, and managers.

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Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Final Deadline: 04/30/2018

Scriptapalooza was founded in 1998 with the goal of helping as many writers as possible through the competition. We have over 90 production companies, agents and managers reading all the entered scripts. (A complete list of participants is on Scriptapalooza's website.) We actively push the Semifinalists, Finalists, Runners-Up and Winners for a full year with the intention of creating opportunities for the writers.

Overall rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars User Feedback: 84 Comments

The Indie Gathering's Screenwriter Contest

Final Deadline: 05/08/2018

To recognize excellence in screenwriting of shorts and features in a wide variety of genres.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Creative World Awards

Final Deadline: 05/17/2018

Creative World Awards (CWA) is an international screenwriting contest that is well known for having the writer's interest at heart when it comes to development and industry promotion. Production: CWA brings an exciting production opportunity to the Grand Prize Winner. This year’s winner will have a short version of their script produced by The MIX, and the film will then get a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival.

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Nantucket Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 03/03/2017 (expired)

The Nantucket Film Festival - unique in its dedication to supporting and promoting the art of screenwriting - launched the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition in 1996. The Festival's screenwriting focus was inspired by Nantucket's rich history as a writer's retreat and is one of the main reasons for the event's distinction as an important cultural institution.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 07/28/2017 (expired)

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. We welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. A unique feature of the competition is providing constructive feedback for every entrant. In addition to this, we also offer a more intensive coverage service for a supplementary fee.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 41 Comments

Fade In Awards

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Industry exposure, WGAw writer assistance in polishing winning scripts and $15,000 in cash prizes for up to 19 finalists.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 84 Comments

Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/15/2017 (expired)

The Ultimate Runway For over two decades, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 30 Comments

Bare Bones Film Festival

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

We champion the struggling independent Auteur who literally does it all or who gathers a close team who contributes what's needed to get their movie make. By having in attendance, mediamakers from all across the U.S. and Canada and by bringing in experienced and award winning directors, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and stunt professionals to conduct workshops and discussion groups, thus sharing their knowledge, we are paving the way for an independent movie explosion in Oklahoma.

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Moondance International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/31/2017 (expired)

The objective of the Moondance International Film Festival is to inspire, motivate, promote and encourage the best writers & independent filmmakers, from every country in the world, and to inspire a greater understanding about the vital role of the arts in enhancing creativity, community spirit, and the preservation of our cultural heritage.

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TVWriter.Com People's Pilot

Final Deadline: 11/01/2017 (expired)

We are all about giving agents, showrunners, and executives exactly what they now are looking for: Spec pilot teleplays that showcase you, the new writer operating at your very best. If the suits love the writing of a spec pilot, they have the best reason in the world to trust the writer to come through in the development process. A strongly-written spec pilot shows you’re ready for the gig.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

The 13th Annual American Gem Short Script & Literary Festival

Final Deadline: 07/31/2017 (expired)

To promote and support new talent by creating real and original opportunities.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 6 Comments

SHRIEKFEST Horror/SciFi Film & Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 07/10/2017 (expired)

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/SciFi Film Festival continues its tradition as Los Angeles' Premier horror film event, presenting an exciting program of films each fall with beautiful Los Angeles as its backdrop. Now, in its 17th year, Shriekfest takes place at the legendary Raleigh Studios, which is the largest independent studio operator in the country.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 11 Comments

L.A. Shorts Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

After several years of hiatus we are proud to bring back LA Shorts screenplay competition. Finalists are invited to attend a table reading of the script for a live audience during LA Shorts Fest. The readings are performed by professional actors and actresses in front of an audience, who will vote on their favorites. These votes, along with the scores of the readers, determine the winner.

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Writers Place

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

To assist the aspiring screenwriter in realizing his/her dream of becoming a professional screenwriter. To eliminate industry chokepoints that stifle creativity and impede screenplay access to managers,agents & producers.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 14 Comments

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 11/03/2017 (expired)

Cinequest voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. Submissions open May 1st, 2017! The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global screenwriters through discovery, recognition and opportunity. Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 9 Comments

2017 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 05/17/2017 (expired)

The PAGE Awards competition was established in 2003 by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents, and development execs. Our goal: to discover the most exciting new scripts by up-and-coming writers from across the country and around the world. And due to the success of our winning writers, the PAGE Awards competition has rapidly become one of the most important sources for new screenwriting talent within the Hollywood community and worldwide.

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NYC Midnight Screenwriter's Challenge

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The mission of the Screenwriter's Challenge is to discover and support a new wave of talented storytellers from around the world. The Challenge is organized by NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness, LLC. NYC Midnight aims to provide the prizes and exposure necessary for writers to take their next big step towards writing professionally.

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Eerie Horror Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The Eerie Horror Screenplay Competition offers beginning, aspiring and veteran screenwriters in the horror genre a chance to have their work recognized by people in the industry and beyond and to provide recognition and exposure for screenwriters in the horror, science fiction and suspense genres. The finalists and top 3 winning screenplays will be announced on all Eerie Horror Film Festival websites and winner's information will be forwarded to industry professionals for consideration.

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Bulldog Productions Bi-Annual Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The screenwriting contest is designed to highlight and promote the talent of undiscovered scriptwriters. Bulldog Productions will produce the winning script into a movie during the semester following the Fall deadline. Finalists have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work. Scripts will be judged by a jury of distinguished panel of industry professionals, educators, and film enthusiasts in a process that usually spans two weeks.

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The Broad Humor Film Festival

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

This festival is the first of its kind to put the spotlight on film comedies by women. Its goals are to raise the profile of female-generated humor, to give recognition and support to the women making it, and to be a locus of networking and community building.

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Rod Serling Short Script Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Each script must be written in the same genre and style that would have been suitable to conform with episodes for either THE TWILIGHT ZONE or NIGHT GALLERY. More specifically this means displaying traits of either a horror or a science fiction genre, while exhibiting strong traditional or contemporary social themes. Serling taught at Ithaca College from 1967 until his death in 1975.

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Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The Vail Film Institute launched the Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition in order to find and foster the next generation of the film world's most innovative and creative screenwriters. With the realization that every great film needs a great story, the festival is dedicated to supporting talented screenwriters by utilizing the resources of the Vail Film Festival to foster the winning screenwriters through networking opportunities, and film industry access.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Action On Film International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 08/04/2017 (expired)

The Action on Film 13th Annual Film Festival celebrates and honors WRITERS of all genres and formats like no other festival does. Now in our 13th year, our Film Festival has garnered a solid reputation as being one of the premier Writing competitions. The AOF has created a solid community of Filmmakers and Writers from around the globe. Always looking to embrace and recognize writers, AOF is on the cutting edge looking to create a vehicle for our writers to be seen and honored.

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GIAA Festival of Short Movies and Screenplays

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The screenplay contest is part of the annual film festival run by the Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA - see www.giaa.us). The goal is to provide recognition to writers of top-quality short screenplays, as will as short movies.

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Omaha Film Festival

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The Omaha Film Festival celebrates the artistic, educational, and historical importance of motion pictures. It gives independent film artists a platform for sharing their work and creating a dialogue with the community. It introduces audiences to innovative new films and past masterworks of cinema. It promotes the discussion and study of filmmaking.

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Canadian Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition, administered by Year of the Skunk Productions (Regina), and established in 2008, is the premiere script contest for short film screenplays. With over $50,000 in prizing, CSSC is the single-most competitive, prestigious, short screenplay festival in Canada open to international writers, a champion for screenwriters everywhere and a launching pad for writers' professional careers.

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L.A. Comedy Scripts Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The number one stop for comedy scripts and comedy short films! L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is dedicated to getting you noticed. Getting you introduced to people who will hire you. Oh yeah, and we REALLY want you to have a good time! ABOUT THE FESTIVAL In our first five years, we were voted one of the ''Top Ten Film Festivals in the U.

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London Independent Film Festival

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The London Independent Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing new emerging film talent.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 4 Comments

Back in the Box Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/10/2016 (expired)

Have you ever asked yourself "How will anyone know how good my screenplay is, if it never made into a film?" Here is your chance to see your screenplay brought to life. The winner in each category will receive a custom certificate or festival plaque. Also, winners are eligible for IMDB credit as this competition is an IMDB qualified event.

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California Film Awards

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Each year, at our exclusive Awards Ceremony and Filmmakers Dinner, the California Film Awards recognizes excellence in filmmaking in several competition categories with the prestigious California Film Awards. The Official Jury will award deserving films, filmmakers, and writers in the following categories: Best Picture, Screenplay, Directing, Actor, Actress, Art Design, Cinematography, Editing, Animation, Short Films, Feature Narratives, Documentaries, Foreign Films, Music Videos, Experimental Films, First-Time Directors, California Films, and Student Films.

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Filmshift Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Filmshift is committed to advancing the craft of screenwriting as well as the progress of independent screenwriters themselves through our annual screenplay competition. We offer awards including Final Draft screenwriting software, InkTip access awards, and a variety of awards from Script Pipeline . We accept both feature-length and short film scripts of all genres and styles that tell strong and original stories.

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Spirit Quest Film Festival

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

To provide both aspiring and seasoned screenwriters with an opportunity to have their scripts brought to the attention of industry professionals and to further the opportunities and careers of our winning screenwriters.

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Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

To foster excellence in screenwriting that features gay characters, history, or themes important to the gay community, and relevant to our world. Up to four full length finalists and up to six shorts finalists will be named by September 1 annually, and those scripts will be performed as enhanced staged readings at the Hoover-Leppen Theater of the Center on Halsted in Chicago.

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Zed Fest Schlock Horror Short Sreenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Zed Fest was formed to acknowledge and encourage new independent filmmakers and screenwriters. We noticed that there are a lot of talented and promising filmmakers and screenwriters that tend to get snubbed by other festivals and competitions simply because they are low budget or less polished. We want to give them the recognition that they deserve and try to help them build upon their abilities.

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